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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.


Paul Caimi (based on a story by), Michael Hickey





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mother Superior
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Sister Margaret
Toni Nero ... Pamela
Robert Brian Wilson ... Billy at 18
Britt Leach ... Mr. Sims
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford H.E.D. Redford ... Captain Richards
Danny Wagner Danny Wagner ... Billy at 8
Linnea Quigley ... Denise
Leo Geter ... Tommy
Randy Stumpf ... Andy
Will Hare ... Grandpa
Tara Buckman ... Mother (Ellie)
Geoff Hansen Geoff Hansen ... Father (Jim) (as Jeff Hansen)
Charles Dierkop ... Killer Santa


After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young boy spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior. When he becomes a teenager, he gets a job as a toy store Santa. When seeing two people having sex in the store brings on flashbacks of his parents, his turmoil leads him to become a Santa serial killer. Written by devint-16816

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He knows when you've been naughty See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The ax that gets embedded in the wall Linnea Quigley is leaning against was real. See more »


(at around 8 mins) The convenience store that is held up by the man in the Santa suite isn't modified from its 1984 look at all to fit the look of a store from 1971 when this part of the film takes place. This is most noticed when reading the price signs, which advertise prices that are too high for the time period. The poster in the doorway advertises a 6 pack of Pepsi cans for $1.99, which is over three times more then it would have been in 1971, and the sign above the check out counter advertises $1.00 ice bags. Also the Visa and MasterCard logo stickers in the windows have the 1980's logo, MasterCard was "Master Charge" until 1979 and Visa was "BankAmericard" until 1976. See more »


Ira Sims: [at closing time] Seven o'clock... it's over! Time to get shit-faced!
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Alternate Versions

A later version released on video contains an extra 3 minutes featuring more gore than the theatrical version. See more »


Edited into Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) See more »


Sweet Little Baby
Written by Morgan Ames
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Silent Night, 80's Frights!
19 November 2014 | by Movie-MisfitSee all my reviews

A classic to many fans of horror and independent cinema, Silent Night Deadly Night definitely wins the award for having the most gorgeous, super nice, hunk of a killer ever on screen!

I mean, if this guy came at me with an axe, I wouldn't be running...

Robert Brian Wilson, who went on to star in many US soaps, just has you hooked as the beautiful, gentle killer with his W shaped smile that has such good reason to be the way he is, you can't help feel sorry for him.

Adding to the tragedy of what he witnessed as a young boy when a guy dressed as Santa killed his parents, comes an evil nun bitch who just makes his life worse, and to be honest, would do the same to anyone!

With great 80's flair and drama, the final cherry on top is when the store he works at has him dress as Santa for the Xmas period. Even as his worst nightmare, our hero is sweet enough not to upset his boss and gives it a shot.

Unfortunately from here on in, the rest of the community is in for a jolly time as our handsome killer Santa slays his way to mother superior to take revenge on the wicked penguin that taunted him!

A classic, yes. Perfect, no. But still highly enjoyable and well worth the watch for any true horror fan...

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Release Date:

9 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slayride See more »


Box Office


$1,065,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,432,800, 11 November 1984

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1.85 : 1
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